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I’ve reviewed and enjoyed Sonny Chiba’s three STREET FIGHTER movies (THE STREET FIGHTER, RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER and THE STREET FIGHTER’S LAST REVENGE), so now it’s time to get started on the SISTER STREET FIGHTER quadrilogy

It was marketed (at least in the U.S.) as a spin-off of the other series, but star Etsuko “Sue” Shihomi is not playing her character from THE STREET FIGHTER, or her other character from THE STREETFIGHTER’S LAST REVENGE, and Chiba is in it not playing “Terry” Tsuguri. There’s no narrative connection, but it is in a similar vein of funky contemporary karate blast full of fun comic book gimmicks, cool ‘70s fashion and exaggerated violence. Shihomi (GOLGO 13: ASSIGNMENT KOWLOON) plays Koryu, a Hong Kong martial artist who gets sent to Yokohama to search for her brother Mansei (Hiroshi Miyauchi, Kamen Rider, Go Ranger, Spider Man, REBORN FROM HELL II: JUBEI’S REVENGE), a narcotics agent who disappeared while undercover in...

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The Black Diamond Solution Guide Harness offers support, comfort, and extreme durability in a trad-specific harness.

Climbing brands usually reserve advanced technology in a harness design for high-end sport climbers. As such, these svelte models continue to get lighter, sleeker, and more minimalist. But when Black Diamond released its trad-oriented Solution Guide Harness last fall, it gave it both tech and materials on par with its sport climbing models. I’ve been testing a sample since its release on multipitch granite in Colorado and single-pitch granite in Texas. In short: The Black Diamond Solution Guide Harness ($100 for men and women) is well-appointed and extraordinarily durable. It focuses on the needs of trad climbers vying for long multipitch objectives and utilizes materials and technologies to improve comfort and durability. Black Diamond Solution Guide Harness Fit and Feel When I...

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This is the freest-feeling setup for sport and competition climbing.

Mammut released the original Realization Shorts in 2013, and like many climbers, I scoffed. “Is there really a need for this? Is this better in any way?” I thought. Essentially shorts with a built-in harness, the Mammut Realization Shorts presented a super-niche product. It seemed unnecessary and gimmicky. Sport climbing harnesses are super-lightweight while remaining comfortable, and I can take them off without changing pants. I just didn’t get it. I’ve been testing both the original Realization Shorts and the 2.0 version, launched last spring, for a full year. And, like the shorts, my thoughts have evolved. They do indeed have a place in sport or competition climbing, where they perform incredibly well. In short: The Mammut Realization Shorts 2.0 provide a freer feeling...

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image: NOA

image: NOA Hopping a flight to an exotic island. Inviting new friends over and working hand-in-hand to build a community. Spending a beautiful day outdoors fishing and foraging and exploring. While these things are widely frowned upon during a global pandemic, they are exactly the kinds of activities that players experience in the latest Nintendo Switch exclusive, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Your game begins—in classic Animal Crossing fashion—with a trip to a faraway land. Your Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package’s initial offerings are fairly limited: airfare and accommodations (if you consider a tent and a cot “accommodations”), a new Nook Phone, and a couple of neighbors… which sort of flies in the face of the whole “deserted island” concept,...

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Win It: The Made in the USA Flint and Tinder Harrington Jacket

Heads up: Buying via our links may result in us getting a commission. Here’s why. The Flint and Tinder Harrington Jacket – $220 What I appreciate the most about Flint and Tinder is that the design of their clothing fades into the background – yes, that’s a good thing. When something, be it a gadget or an article of clothing, does exactly what it’s designed to do, it shouldn’t be “noticeable.” Pants that don’t move well are noticeable. Jackets with low armholes are noticeable. But I’ve reviewed a number of Flint and Tinder pieces, and every one has been pretty much the essence of what it’s aiming to be. And that’s incredibly commendable consistency. Made in the USA from matte-finish “staywax”...

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